2014 Olympic curling schedule: It all comes down to Britain and Norway

Quinn Rooney

Also, why using another game instead of a head-to-head tiebreaker rule is the right call.

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For their relative proximity—only a quick jaunt across the North Sea separates their two countries—there hasn't been much hostility between the British and Norwegian peoples. That ends today.

Norway and Great Britain are set to square off in the lone curling tiebreaker of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and the last spot in the men's medal round is on the line. Both teams finished at 5-4 in round robin competition, necessitating the tiebreaker.

Now, American sports fans are probably raising their hands and saying, "Well, who won between the two teams in round robin?" Good question! That would be Norway, who prevailed 7-6 on Sunday to keep its playoff dreams alive. But in the Olympics, the only tiebreaker is another game on the ice, and if that sounds weird, think of it this way: the Norway-Great Britain match that already happened wasn't a tiebreaker. Great Britain was 5-3 aside from the game, and Norway was 4-4. It was a tie-maker.

Now, we need that tie broken. So here we are.

The prize for winning this match is a date with top-seeded Sweden on Wednesday, and the winner faces the victor of Canada and China on Friday for the gold medal. The bronze medal game precedes it.

Kickoff or the first pitch or whatever the hell you call the start of a curling match is at midnight ET on Tuesday morning.

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